Plano, Richardson Teens Going to Siemens National Competition

Three North Texas students will represent the region in the National Finals of the 2016 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology.

Siemens Competition

Three North Texas students will represent the region in the National Finals of the 2016 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology, the Plano Star Courier reported.

Prateek Kalakuntla, a senior at the Texas Academy of Math and Science in Denton, invented a device that detects mercury in water. The Plano resident’s inspiration came from the toxic water crisis in Flint, Michigan but he hopes it can be used to make water safer in developing countries.

Sisters Adhya and Shriya Beesam of Richardson came up with a new method to diagnose schizophrenia in patients. The Plano East Senior High School students developed a brain scan and a new psychiatric evaluation to identify the mental disorder earlier in patients.

In the regional phase of the prestigious research competition for high school students, Dallas-Fort Worth students accounted for seven of the nine regional finalists from Texas. Overall, 96 regional finalists were selected in the nation.

The National Finals will be held Dec. 5-6 at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Prateek Kalakuntla and Adhya and Shriya Beesam will vie against other students for the opportunity to earn $500,000 in scholarships.


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